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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY August 8, 2001 14 pages in 2 sections ""WT"    14    pages    in    2    sectnHerald-Zeitung Vol. 149, No. 231Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsU.S. bombs Iraq after attack on plane By Robert BurnsAP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Air Force planes bombed an air defense site in northern Iraq Tuesday and President Bush pledged to keep Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s military ambitions “in check.” In a brief announcement on Tuesday’s attack north of the city of Mosul, the U.S. European Command said U.S. pilots acted in self defense after Iraq launched surface-to-air missiles and fired anti-aircraft artillery. Officials said it was not a planned attack in response to the recent near-miss Iraqi attack on a U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance plane. European Command said the U.S. aircraft, which flew from an air base in south-central Turkey, departed Iraqi airspace safely. In Baghdad, the official Iraqi News Agency quoted an unidentified military spokesman as saying Tuesday that “American and British warplanes bombed civil and service installations.” “Our heroic missile units confronted the enemy war planes, forcing them to leave our skies for Turkey,” the spokesman said. The Iraqi News Agency reported no casualties. Vacationing in Texas, Bush defended the missions as a necessary response to Iraqi provocations. “Saddam Hussein is a menace and we need to keep him in check and we will,” Bush told reporters. “He’s been a menace forever and he needs to open his country for inspection so we can see whether he is making weapons of mass destruction.” Bush said he had been briefed on the U.S. retaliation. “Our military can make decisions as they see fit to protect our pilots, unless of course it’s close to Baghdad, in which case it requires my approval. The missions that took place were fully in accordance with established allied war plans.” Tuesday’s incident was the latest in a long-running series of attacks and counterattacks in northern and southern Iraq, where U.S. and British aircraft enforce “no fly” zones established immediately after the 1991 Gulfwar. Tamayo hand picks temporary dept, head By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo tapped a member of the New Braunfels Planning Commission to lead the city’s planning department on an interim basis. James Vaughan will serve as planning director as long as Tamayo is an interim city manager. Under Vaughan’s contract, he serves until a new city manager is hired. Ta rn ay o said, “I made it clear that he is here only on a temporary, interim basis. When the new city manager starts, he’ll hire a new planning director.” Vaughan will step down from his position At a glance — ■ WHO: James Vaughan ■ STARTED: Monday ■ EDUCATION: Master’s degree in land area development and management ■ SALARY: $1,643.09 per two-week pay period; no other employee benefits ■ EXPERIENCE: Planning commission member (one year); planning consultant for smaller cities; teachers graduate and undergraduate planning classes at Southwest Texas State University on the planning commission, Tamayo said. “He can’t serve as a city employee and on a board,” Tamayo said. “So he will step down from that seat — at least while he’s working as planning director.” Vaughan said he was taking a temporary “leave of absence” from his position on the planning commission. Once he is no longer acting as planning director, he will resume his place on the commission, he said. Tamayo personally chose Vaughan to lead the planning department. He said he spoke to no one else, nor did he ask for applications or resumes from anyone else. “He has a good academic background,” Tamayo said. “He’s designing a master plan for the city of Victoria. He handled himself well during the interview.” Vaughan said he was contacted this past week to talk to Tamayo about the position. At that time, he was unaware he was being considered for the position, he said. “I think, in talks with the (planning commission) and council, my name kept coming up as someone who could do this immediately and on an interim basis,” he said. “I have a great deal of knowledge of the See TEMPORARY/5A Inside Gala Event Abby................... .............5A Classifieds........... ..........4-6B Comics................ .............2B Crossword........... .............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... ..............4A Movies.................. ..............5A Obituaries............. ..............3A Sports.................. ..........7-8A Today................... .............2A Key Code 76 The American Cancer Society’s Starlight Gala 2001, “Fabulous Forties,” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave. For information, call (830) 606-5810 or (830) 606-0376. To see what’s being served at the gala, see the Food Page, 1B- - ac**** wf <v Ellington tapped for deputy fire marshal By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Wayne Ellington, a corporal in the Comal County Sheriff’s office, will become the county’s new deputy fire marshal Tuesday. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Man-ford announced Tuesday Ellington, a 10-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was named to the new position. On Sept. I, Ellington joins Manford and Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter in the county office that investigates fires. Ellington, a member of the Comal County Crisis Negotiation Team, is now the evening shift patrol division corporal at the sheriff’s office. Comal County commissioners approved creating the new position at their July 26 meeting. Manford, a retired Department of Public Safety trooper who recently was re-appointed to his position, has put a heavy emphasis on arson investigations in his two-year tenure. “We’ve had a bunch of arsons,” Manford said. “In one subdivision at the lake, we’ve had five in the past year.” County Judge Danny Scheel said Tuesday he recognized the need for an additional investigator at the fire marshal’s office. “Unfortunately, with the increase in population over the past few years, not all of the people who come here are church-going, law-abiding citizens,” Scheel said. See ELLINGTON/5A ‘Night out’ on the town K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Dressed in their favorite western apparel, Willow Avenue residents toss water-soaked sponges at two blooming cactus faces. Some people will do anything for water on a hot Texas day. Neighbors gather for block parties during annual crime awareness event By Amy Clarkson and Martin Malacara Staff Writers Cowboys and Indians joined forces to fight crime during Tuesday night’s National Night Out Against Crime. People from 70 New Braunfels neighborhoods and 18 neighborhoods in Comal County got together, turned on their porch fights and learned how to fight crime. Texas Avenue was taken over by Indians as they “went on the warpath” against crime. Organizer Marsha Keisling said they considered National Night Out one of their largest get-togethers. About 60 friends and neigh bors attended the event, dressed in Indian clothing, complete with tomahawks and war paint. “We had a smoke signal earner,” Keisling explained. “And we let everyone on Texas Avenue know that there were ‘intruders’ on the block. Then we tied them up and interrogated them.” The “interrogation” of the National Night Out judges included asking questions about how the Safe City Commission and law enforcement joined to fight crime in the city. Across the city on Willow Avenue, the cowboys gathered to fight crime in their own way. Saying their neighborhood was the best in New Braunfels, block captain Beth Bizer said the Wil low Avenue was full of close-knit friends. As part of the “Willow Goes West” theme, the group had a water balloon game and handed out information on how to prevent crime. “We got started doing this about four years ago,” Bizer said. “When someone was breaking into the cars in the neighbor ly Horadam, 11,rides a tire horse during the ice cream social in Mission Valley Estates. CHRIS PACE/Herald- Zeitung hood. We got really mad and set up a neighborhood watch. That year, when we found out about National Night Out, we started to get involved. And it’s grown every year.” City dwellers were not the only ones turning on porch lights in order to fight crime. County residents in Mission See NIGHT/5 A ;